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He fought on both sides in the Spanish Civil War. He was awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler and an MBE by Britain. To MI5 he was known as Garbo. To the Abwehr, he was Alaric. He also went by Rags the Indian Poet, Mrs Gerbers, Stanley the Welsh Nationalist - and 24 other names. He tricked Hitler over D-Day. He was the greatest double agent in history. But who, exactly, was Juan Pujol? Using his intimate knowledge of Spain and his skills as a crime novelist, Jason Webster tells for the first time the full true story of the character who captured the imagination in Ben Macintyre's Double Cross. He tells of Pujol's early life in Spain, his determination to fight totalitarianism - and his strange journey from German spy to MI5. Working for the British, whom he saw as the exemplars of freedom and democracy, he created a bizarre fictional network of spies - 29 of them - that misled the entire German high command, including Hitler himself. Above all, in Operation Fortitude he diverted German Panzer divisions away from Normandy, playing a crucial role in safeguarding D-Day and ending the war, and securing his reputation as the most successful double agent of the war. Meticulously researched, yet told with the verve of a thriller, The Spy with 29 Names uncovers the truth - far stranger than any fiction - about the spy behind one of recent history's most important and dramatic events.
After fighting on both sides in the Spanish Civil War, then spying for Nazi Germany, Juan Pujol became a double agent for Britain during the Second World War. Known to MI5 as Garbo, and to the Germans as Alaric, he invented a network of 27 other fictional spies. So completely were these ‘agents’ trusted, that Hitler, on receiving one of Pujol’s messages, held his crack reserves far enough from Normandy to enable the Allies to land there successfully in June 1944. This is a compelling, study of the Second World War’s most successful double agent.
'Better than spy fiction -- Peter Lewis Daily Mail Fascinating, unputdownable' -- John Harding Daily Mail, Book of the Week
'Gripping and stylish... reads like a thrilling work of fiction' -- Nigel Jones Spectator
'A riveting story' -- Edward Wilson Independent
'Webster is an ideal teller of this story... has all the hallmarks of a classic espionage movie' -- Ben East Observer
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||2nd April 2015|
|Publisher:||Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Second World War, Espionage & secret services, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
Brought up in England, Jason Webster lived for many years in Spain. His acclaimed non-fiction books about Spain include Duende: A Journey in Search of Flamenco; Andalus: Unlocking the Secrets of Moorish Spain; Guerra: Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War; Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish Mountain and the forthcoming The Spy with 29 Names. He is also the author of the Max Camara series of crime novels, the first of which, Or the Bull Kills You, was longlisted for the CWA Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards New Blood Dagger 2011. This was followed by A Death in Valencia ...More About Jason Webster